Are you coming back to work after a long period off due to a workplace injury or accident? Do you fear being out of the swing of things and not adjusting to the daily grind once you are back on the floor? Have no fear! Workplace incidents are a commonality and for many employees a routine accident or injury may seem like a long road back. There are many steps you can take to transition back into the workplace after a prolonged period of time off. Here are a few tips to help you get back to work and return to life after the accident or injury:
1) Live and Learn
If there is always a positive lesson that can be applied to any negative occurrence, it is the old adage “you live and you learn”. Reflect on what happened in the moments leading up to the incident and determine if and what you could have done differently. Chances are that in almost every scenario there is something that can be learned from the situation. Even if nothing can be ascertained from the event itself, there are likely some positives that can be accounted for during the recovery process.
2) Brush Up On Safety Practices
Going for safety awareness training and continually striving to improve awareness is a great way to prevent future incidents and acquire mitigation skills. Begin by refreshing yourself with some of OSHA’s standards which are implemented by industry experts that have innovated approaches and methodologies geared to promote the safety and welfare in the most demanding environments. Additionally, reviewing organizational quality standards and standardized operating procedures is a great way to be abreast of the most recent updates and revisions to existing protocol. Knowing these codes in and out will promote and improve safety for both fellow co-workers and yourself.
3) Tackle Accompanying Psychological Issues
In some cases a workplace accident or injury can result in trauma. In the event a psychological trauma occurs, seeking counseling services or the help of a professional may be a great way to deal with returning to work. Through provision of these services, you can learn coping mechanisms, triggers, warnings and strategies to help deal with some of the mental conditions that may come as a result of the incident itself. There is no shame in asking for help and in many cases the organization you work for may act as a referee for further mental health and psychiatric services. In some instances, your employer may even pay for any services rendered! According to SafeWorkers, there is no time limit for recovering from an accident or injury. Medication and continuous rehabilitation treatment can affect stamina levels and induce mood swings, which is all a part of the recovery process. It is crucial to not be discouraged and continue making whatever efforts you can, understanding that while patience may be crucial, eventually everything will return to normal. Support services aid healing both mentally and physically.